Naked Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the only one in the household who seemed to enjoy the childrens' golf bags?

2. What is the title of Sedaris' second essay in Naked?

3. What home does Ya Ya finally end up at?

4. What does Ya Ya live above?

5. What does the author's mother run over while taking him home from play practice?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are the narrator's sisters kidnapped in "Chipped Beef"? How do his parents react?

2. What is the second household mystery in "True Detective"? What is the backlash the author finds himself in?

3. Who in David's family is taken to an institution? What effect does this have?

4. What does David do in order to clear his name in "True Detective"?

5. What does David fantasize about his "real parents" in "Chipped Beef"?

6. Where is Ya Ya from, and how do she and David's mother feel about each other?

7. What happens when David's father visits him in New York?

8. What does Miss Chestnut scold David for in "A Plague of Tics"?

9. Describe the family's participation at church as detailed in "Chipped Beef."

10. How does "Next of Kin" become passed through the family? What finally happens to it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of "Imagination versus Reality" in the essays of Naked. How does this theme carry across into different stories?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the author's use of "punch lines" in the text. What are examples of these in the essays? What is a "punch line" defined as?

Essay Topic 3

Define and discuss the following terms as they apply to Naked: Autobiography, Memoir, and Essay.

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